Honorary Doctorate for The Blair Project’s Marilyn Comrie OBE

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Marilyn Comrie OBEOur director of business development, Marilyn Comrie OBE has been recognised by the highly prestigious Birmingham University for her contributions to business, marking her commitment to gender equity in motorsport.

Dr Comrie is an award winning serial entrepreneur, former BBC journalist and television producer, and a leadership consultant. She has held advocacy roles including Women’s Enterprise Ambassador and Outreach Champion for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was a board member of the International Business Forum, as well as the African Union Private Sector Forum, and, closer to home, is a Vice President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Dr Comrie has today (Tuesday December 5) been awarded an honorary doctorate (DSc) by Birmingham University, where she studied chemistry at degree level.

Speaking about her time a Birmingham, she said “Being awarded an honorary doctorate in business from my alma mater, is a source of immense pride. Not only did it give me the skills and education I needed to go into the world, it’s also equipped me with the confidence and self-belief to challenge the status quo.

“What makes it particularly special for me is that the university has one of the best student motorsport teams in the country, and is using its success on the track to attract more women and girls to pursue careers in this sector.

A STEM ambassador, Marilyn’s ambition is to get more women and girls into the fast lane in motorsport, and make motorsport more inclusive, affordable and accessible. To that end, in 2018, she will launch Formula Girl Ltd, a new sports brand for women in an effort to demonstrate her financial commitment to this effort, offering to set aside 40% of her company’s profits to sponsor female sporting talent, teams in motorsport and other extreme sports.

Marilyn added “I’m looking forward to working with the university and trailblazers like Bill Sisley from Three Sisters Racing Circuit in Wigan to set up the UK’s first centre for Girls In Motorsport to encourage more females to become drivers, mechanics and engineers.

Marilyn developed and honed her leadership skills managing large scale, high profile operations within the media sector. This progressive seventeen year career included several senior management roles within major plc. Organisations, where she earned a reputation for transforming multi million pound projects, from underachievement into unquestionable success stories.

In 2009, Marilyn was honoured by HRH The Queen with an OBE for services to womens’ enterprise, and awarded the prestigious Kofi Annan African Leadership Excellence Award for contributions to attracting trade & investment into Liberia .

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